Monday, January 7, 2013

Morning Six Pack: January 7, 2012

The Day Has Come. Here are six stories from around the country about the impending collision in tonight’s BCS Championship Game.

RBs Riddick, Wood Give Notre Dame 1-2 Punch

Notre Dame tailbacks Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood showed how interchangeable they are in the final two games of the regular season for the Fighting Irish.

ESPN's Alabama-Notre Dame broadcast plans: veteran announcers, better audio, careful replays

For the first time, ESPN will use 5.1 surround-sound microphones for a college football game so the audio sounds more like the network's "Monday Night Football" production.

Love 'em or hate 'em, all eyes on Tide and Irish

They are storied programs that stir plenty of passions, college football's North and South versions of the New York Yankees. Well, now they're facing each other for the biggest prize of all.

BCS title game prediction: Tide takes title in what could be a classic

After Alabama won the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, my answer to the question of which team would win the national title was a slam dunk - the Crimson Tide.

Comparing the Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre Dame Fighting Irish - college football

Examining the differences and similarities between Alabama and Notre Dame, Tale of the tape style.


Brian Kelly has proved he can win at several levels of college football. He is a dynamo. He has done college football a great service by restoring Notre Dame to the ranks of the game's elite programs. But neither Kelly nor any other active coach has taken a team to the heights where Alabama resides. The Crimson Tide are 60-7 (.896) over the past five seasons. Saban has won as his staff has changed. (Only two coaches remain from 2007, his first season in Tuscaloosa.) He has maintained his recruiting prowess even as Alabama has continued to win. And he is the reason that those top recruits reach their potential. "The unique thing about our program," running backs coach Burton Burns said, "is our guys develop. They get better. If you come here as a five-star player, you're going to leave here as a five-star player. If you come here as a three-star player, we like to believe you'll leave here as a five-star player."

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